In many a sense, life is like a cake, a big round one where you get to cut out equal triangles. Well, the average life expectancy is growing with all the technological advances, so you may as well cut out 4 or even 5 triangles. Now, each of these triangle pieces that you are so eager to partake of, are about 20 years of your life, say a generational span.

The way life is traditionally structured, the first 20 years or that first slice of the cake goes into learning and growing up. This is where you learn about your surroundings, make friends and get an education in a formal or informal sense. You grow up. 

The second slice represents the next 20 years where you land a job, try to hold onto it, start a family and spend time trying to master the craft of providing stability to yourself and yours. 

The third slice is the next 20 years where you actually get to a point where you are trying to make sense of your life. What the hell have you been doing all along and how did you end up here? 

Mind you, those thoughts apply to either extreme or somewhere along the spectrum where you will find yourself.

Is this the life you dreamed of? Did you ever ponder that this is what you would do in life? How do you get your kids to learn from your experiences? 

Meanwhile, you also have to ensure you provide for your kids to become independent. A lot of people have their actual realization in this third piece of cake. They try to reason with their current life and also, make the bold attempt to pursue a passion or a hobby so they do not miss out. 

The fourth piece is the next 20 years where you rediscover your freedom, with the kids becoming independent and savoring their own second or third piece of cake. This is a period of perhaps retirement, of newly found joy and time on your hands spent reflecting on how you consumed the last three pieces of your cake. This is the time to continue exuberantly with your hobbies, passions and rekindle relationships and spirit of independence. 

The final piece of cake is the last leg of the journey. This is the time to find joy in your kids and their kids’ pieces of cake, share your experiences and at times, let them discover themselves by making their own mistakes. This is the time to continue pursuit of your passions and hobbies and find a use for you in a new generation, a new time; its also time to lay content and rest in peace while reminiscing your cake and how you savored it. 

Every one of us gets to cut our own pieces of cake, some five, some four or even three. Each of us consumes our cake at our own pace and in some cases ends up doing more in one 20-year span than others. You may learn more or experience life at a different pace or even introduce a non-traditional short cut during a certain period of your life. However, we all have our very own cakes and get to eat it too. Enjoy yours!


  • Rajeev Mudumba


    Plan B Success

    Rajeev Mudumba is a dynamic entrepreneur, executive, business strategist, coach, and advisor. He is also an accomplished author, speaker, and thought leader and a die-hard optimist.   Throughout his professional life, Rajeev has built profitable, value-based businesses, nurtured strategic partnerships, and built lifelong friendships. He has worked with organizations and individuals to remedy challenges and achieve results. Rajeev has achieved stellar results in international business, new business lines, and now, is focused on helping you succeed in your profession and/ or business and get the most out of your life.   Rajeev hosts an award-winning popular podcast, Plan B Success where he shares insightful and thought-provoking personal and business growth strategies and interviews inspiring entrepreneurs and professionals. He is also the creator and coach of several programs around self development, personal growth, career management, business growth, and more.   Rajeev also speaks and writes frequently on the topics of personal and professional growth, self-empowerment, life & career coaching among others.  He has recently launched his book "My Inspiration: Quotes that shaped my self improvement journey" which is available on Amazon.   Rajeev has delivered several keynote/ topical speeches at national & international conferences. He has made it his mission to extract from his experiences and share value to mentor individuals, current/ future entrepreneurs and executives, startups, scale-ups, and large corporations.   Accolades include World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana's 2010 Global Visionary Award, Business First of Louisville's Forty Under 40 Award, Telehealth and Medicine Today's 2016 Publisher's Award & Indian Achievers Forum's 2017 Indian Achievers' Award for Healthcare and Education.   Courses: Plan B Success School   Rajeev Mudumba's Website:   Plan B Success Podcast: Available on your favorite platform including Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle Play and Youtube   LinkedIn:   Facebook Plan B Success Page:   Facebook My Inspiration Book Page:   Instagram: @hifromraj1   Twitter: @hifromraj